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May 12, 2012

Alternative Photo apps for your iPhone

The acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for $1 billion has brought the focus on image editors, their usability, popularity and valuations. With the use of smartphones fast becoming more a norm than an exception and an in-built camera being an integral part of the device, so much so that the improvements in devices also take into account the resolution and the kind of features that can be provided in the in-built camera. In keeping with this phenomenon, there are numerous applications that are available for image editing and processing. Instagram has suddenly come into the limelight but there are numerous other image editing applications that you can use on your iPhone. Here we list a few for you.

1. Camera+
This one features in Time's list of 50 best iPhone apps. This app is available for $0.99. It is compatible with iOS 4.0 or later. It provides you access to various advanced shooting modes. The app having been developed by a professional photographer aptly helps you click quality pictures. In case you want to be a part of the picture you click, it provides you with the timer feature. The burst mode is a further add-on but the work does not end with clicking pictures. Use this app to resize, add borders or to give it a retro effect. The professional quality of pictures will make you take pride in it.

2. Fast Camera
This application is intriguing in its mode of functioning. Run the application and it keeps clicking the pictures till the time you make it stop. The speed and resolution can be set manually. The series of pictures shot can then be edited. It sometimes happens that in our bid to have the best shot we keep waiting to click and till the time we do click, the perfect shot is lost. With this app on your iPhone, you need not worry. It is priced at $0.99. It is compatible with iOS 4.0 or later.

3. Flixel
It is compatible with most iOS devices and can be downloaded for free. For those of us who like a bit of animation effect, the app can convert your videos into animated gifs. You can share and flaunt the result of the effort you put in as these applications come with in-built social sharing functionality.

4. Gif Boom
This again is a free app focused on creating animated Gifs. It is compatible with iOS 4.1 or later. The high resolution animated Gifs can be created by importing videos or photos. You can use upto 20 images for the purpose. You are in control when it comes to adding colorful frames or filters. Set the direction or the speed of the Gif as per your liking and enjoy the quality of the results you get.

5. Hipstamatic
This app is available for $1.99 and is compatible with iOS 4.2 or later. With this app you can go back to the times of analog photography while still enjoying the features that come with a digital camera. There are numerous effects that you can choose from. You can adjust the settings for films, flashes and swap lenses. When you have clicked the pictures with analog effects, you can get the analog prints delivered right at your doorstep. In addition, you can compete with others to showcase the magic of your photography skills.

6. Incredibooth
It is compatible with iOS 4.2 or later and costs $0.99 for you to download it. This version comes with four filters but you can buy more as per your preference. You can create retro effects in the pictures or use any other set up. It clicks four images in one go and creates a photo-strip out of it. Once you are done with clicking images, you can opt to share these with your friends on various social networking platforms including Twitter or Facebook. You also have the option of mailing the pictures and exporting these to a photo library.

7. CameraSharp
It is priced at $1.99 and is compatible with iOS 4.0 or later. It has features such as flash control, geotagging and digital zoom. You can work on six modes with this app including anti-shake and self-timer. It has a tactile timer. Sound shutter feature lets you give signal for clicking pictures through clapping or other similar sounds.

Nowadays, people seek to capture every moment in pictures and videos and quickly share it on the web. This should give us an inkling of the need for these apps and their popularity among people. The option to quickly share the edited images on social networking platforms makes some of these applications even more appreciable.

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About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and autos. Beside this she is fond of cars and fancy accessories.